bore through (someone or something)
1. Literally, to create a hole in an object or material. You're going to need a special drill to bore through something this thick.
2. By extension, to penetrate someone's inner self or emotions, often in a deeply affecting way. I had to turn around and look at the mysterious man because his gaze just bore through me.
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bore through someone
Fig. [for someone's gaze] to seem to penetrate the person being gazed or stared at. Her stare bored right through me.
bore through something
to pierce or drill through something. The drill bit could not bore through the steel plate.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.